I’d like to speak to the entrepreneur and the freelance business person as well. It’s important that you understand the importance of the files on your computer, tablet and smartphone. Your entire livelihood is bundled up on those devices. Many freelancers keep lousy paper records. It’s easier to put all your faith in the digital records alone.  So many of us run our businesses and keep only digital records of everything.  In our personal lives we record and photograph every step of our children’s lives digitally.  It is great to not have to have file cabinets full of old paperwork or piles of photos lying around waiting to be put in albums.  It takes such a small amount of hard drive space to hold so much precious data and still being so accessible at any moment.  However, the biggest problem is most of us are not that great about diligently backup up that important data in case something were to fail.

Make no mistake, though. Digital storage media is fallible and it will let you down when you least expect it. There are a multitude of reasons why you might suddenly lose your data. There are physical failures, logical failures and even property theft.

I know you’re busy, but you need to set time aside to ensure that your data is protected. If you lose important files, how long would it take to recover? Would you even recover at all, or would you be out of business?

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself from data loss:

• Buy and install some good data recovery software on your computer. Prosoft’s Data Rescue PC3 and Data Rescue 3 for Macs would be excellent choices.

Back up your data to at least two locations. You can back up files to an external drive and store them locally. I’d suggest that you also use an online backup service.

• Make sure you keep on top of OS updates and keep your antivirus software current.

•  If all else fails have a good reputable data recovery service like The Data Rescue Center to recover assist you and recover your data.

The backups and updates can all be put on autopilot once you set them up. Take time to do it and do it right. And when physical failure is the culprit, give us a call at The Data Rescue Center. We’re ready to get you back up and running ASAP.